WJCT News

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Duval County To Join Suit Against Controversial State Education Law

The Duval County School Board on Monday voted 4-to-2 to join at least 10 other Florida districts in suing to block a new state education law.

Read More

Local News

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

It may become easier to find lawyers to represent special-needs kids if a Northeast Florida lawmaker’s bill is passed.

Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) wants taxpayers to cover court costs for their attorneys working pro bono.


Ability Housing

A Jacksonville nonprofit CEO will be able to help shape affordable-housing policy statewide after her recent gubernatorial appointment.


  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride told us about the Duval County School Board’s decision to join a lawsuit against the state over a new education law (01:06). The latest segment of “Moveable Feast” featured St. Augustine chef Sherry Stoppelbein (23:59), and Jacksonville attorney and former Secret Service agent Michael Stanski talked about the financial problems that agency is facing (34:06).  


Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

A Jacksonville landlord is offering brides left high and dry by the sudden bankruptcy of the Florida-based dress chain Alfred Angelo another chance to buy a wedding gown, this time at a discount.

monument
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is among the chorus of voices calling for the city’s Confederate monuments to be inventoried.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said there’s a business case for better understanding the city’s past.


More News

National News

Updated at 8 p.m. ET

Levees and dams in eastern Texas are struggling to contain massive amounts of water dropped on the area by Tropical Storm Harvey, with millions of gallons of water running over the tops of spillways at dams in the Houston area.

At a news conference Tuesday evening, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until further notice, because of the danger of driving on flooded streets and because there have been some looting and break-ins.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Keeping Teachers

Aug 28, 2017

Dateline:
Listen to this audio documentary on the Educate podcast. Subscribe now.

Poor schools in urban and rural areas have something in common: Teachers are leaving, and it's having a big impact on kids.

As President Trump doubled down on his defense of Confederate statues and monuments this week, he overlooked an important fact noted by historians: The majority of the memorials seem to have been built with the intention not to honor fallen soldiers, but specifically to further ideals of white supremacy.

Updated at 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Police in Kissimmee, Fla., just south of Orlando, reported late Friday that two officers there had been shot.

Officer Matthew Baxter, a three-year veteran of the department, was killed, and Sgt. Sam Howard was in "grave critical condition," Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell told reporters early Saturday.

More News

Local Weather

Follow WJCT on Twitter

Podcast

WJCT News Podcast

Michael Isam

  A bracelet was all it took to bring two strangers from different ends of the country together on Saturday, according to a story from the St. Augustine Record.

Peggy Cornacchio of Massachusetts wore the bracelet as a child to honor a U.S. prisoner of war fighting in Vietnam (similar bracelets were worn by many during the war), even though she had never met the man whose name her bracelet bore: Navy pilot Giles Norrington. 

State of Florida

A State Senate Committee unanimously passed a bill today that would shut down internet gaming centers in Florida.

Supporters say the legislation closes a loophole in state law that allows illegal gambling to take place.

        

The Florida-Times Union

They're the pastors of a growing, biracial Jacksonville church. But Mike and Connie Smith are also garnering attention for a provocative study they recently published looking at the high rates of homicide in African-American communities.

It's a long, detailed piece - one the Florida Times-Union initially declined

There's worrisome news from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where a man who authorities say was a student at the school apparently killed himself Monday — which led to the discovery of "a handgun, an assault weapon and [improvised explosive devices]" in his dorm room, according to school officials.

Kevin Meerschaert

Former Jaguars and current New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin paid a visit Wolfson Childrens Hospital Friday.

Coughlin visited patients and toured the soon to be completed teen recreation room paid for by his charity the Jay Fund.

The Jay fund was founded in honor of Jay McGillis, who played for Coughlin when he was Head Coach at Boston College and passed away from cancer.

Despite leaving the Jaguars after the 2002 season, Coughlin still has strong ties to the area.

The Jay Fund is based in Jacksonville.

David Luckin

If you attended this year’s Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance you witnessed art in the motor trade, and the examples on display were extraordinary. Check out some of the best in our slide show, and next year see the art in person.

Justin Cormack



    State Senator John Thrasher says he expects a bill to ban Internet cafes in Florida

will sail through to passage.

Thrasher had introduced a bill that would have placed a moratorium on new cafes, but on the heels of the Allied Veterans of the World arrests he says the legislature should take stronger action.

Thrasher’s moratorium bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Gaming Committee on Monday. He expects a move to close all the cafes will be discussed at that meeting.  

Creator Series- 96 Seasons

Mar 14, 2013
Book Cover
Jessie Wilson

This week in the Creator Series, we spoke with poet Jesse Wilson about his One Spark project 96 Seasons. Wilson is from Jacksonville and writes of local VOID Magazine and is very involved in the community.

Wilson hopes his book of poems can inspire people to explore the magic of Jacksonville. He says he hopes his display at One Spark includes photos that can help draw the reader in and give them a visual representation of the city.

How Do Internet Cafes Work?

Mar 14, 2013
Florida Times-Union

A sweepstakes café must have 3 things to be illegal: price, chance, and consideration. Consideration means that they buy directly into the game as you would when buying a lottery ticket. With an internet café, the patrons are buying internet “time” instead. They use the time to redeem points and “cash out” at the end of their session.

Kevin Meerschaert

    Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford says the arrests of Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson Cuba and Vice-President Robbie Freitas shows no one in his department is above the law.

 Rutherford told reporters on Wednesday about the two officers’ roles in the Allied Veterans of the World conspiracy.

Law enforcement officials say Cuba and Freitas received more than 500-thousand dollars through a shell corporation during an 18-month period.

Pages